The Archives: Kelpa

One file in the Archives reveals information about the Kelpa. You read carefully to learn about this creature and obtain more knowledge about the mysterious species of Ark.


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Availability

Retired

Dates

Available May 1 - May 31, 2016.

Obtained From

Cash Shop

Habitat

Ocean

Length

1.5 m

Weight

680 kg

Population Rank

#563 of 625

About Kelpa Eggs

Buried deep in the sand well up on Ark's beaches, this egg is very dense and feels leathery. Cracks begin to appear and the shell grows thinner as the creature inside grows closer and closer to hatching. If held up to the light, you can see the creature curled up inside.

About the Kelpa Creature

These creatures only hatch at night when the moon is bright and full in the sky to aid in their journey to the sea. After emerging from their leathery eggs, the hatchlings must dig through their sandy nest and make the trek down to the wave line where a wave will pick them up and carry them out into the ocean. Once in the water, the hatchlings, being too small to swim properly, head for patches of seaweed where they wrap themselves in the greenery to avoid being carried out into deeper waters. They will stay here until they've grown big enough to swim in deeper waters without being dragged along by shifting currents.

The seaweed the creature wrapped around itself as a hatchling doesn't grow as the creature grows. Instead, it begins to slough off, often clinging to the flippers as the creature glides through the water.

Adult Keplas come ashore once a year, around the month of November, to lay their eggs. Once this task is done, the adults return to the water, leaving behind their leathery eggs in deep, sandy nests to hatch during the month of May some six months later.

Entry Written By: mcmelody